Every developer has a list of applications or tools they rely on heavily for development … this is mine.
- Visual Studio 2010
It’s the best one yet. I hurt when I use any other IDE. This isn’t only because I’m accustomed to it, but because it’s a great environment.
With a single keyboard shortcut (CTRL+Shift+D) GhostDoc will automatically generate XML comments for whatever class, interface, method, field, or property that happens to have your focus. I’ve found that ~90% (that number is not scientific) of the time the comment it derives is perfect as-is.
I love me some regular expressions, but they do get out of hand quickly. This is great little app for developing complex expressions and keeping a library of expressions you’ve written, but I often use it to do quick, one-time regex search and replaces on a body of text (a la code generation).
Other nice things I can live without:
- Colored Console Application Template
I just found this morning, and although I’ve not used it in any production application, I can see myself using this for a great deal of “test the business layer” console applications in the future.